Having bagged an all-important winner against Aberdeen before the international break, Celtic winger Jota will be hoping more goals for the Hoops are just around the corner.

Opening his goalscoring account for the Bhoys in the league was a big moment for the 22-year-old and boss Ange Postecoglou will be eager to see more of the same going forward.

Jota Given Confidence Boost

The Hoops needed that 2-1 win over the Dons to take some positive momentum into the international break. Keeper Joe Hart, whose former club Manchester City are among the favourites in the English Premier League odds to be crowned champions this season, was called upon on multiple occasions to keep the Bhoys in the game. Ultimately it was Jota’s 84th minute goal that proved the difference and secured Celtic’s fourth Premiership win of the campaign.

There is no doubting Jota’s close-range finish at Pittodrie will have given the loan starlet from Benfica a massive confidence boost, after what has been a tricky start to life in the Scottish top flight. Joining at the very start of September on a season-long loan, Jota has needed to try and get up to speed quickly with a fresh team and a new competition. The player has shown signs of real promise, and with Celtic having the option to buy at the end of the season, Jota will be looking to prove his worth over the coming months.

 

Already there have been calls for Celtic to tie Jota down to a permanent deal, with former player Jorge Cadete feeling the speedy winger would do well to stay in Scotland. Cadete, who played for the Hoops in the 1996-97 campaign, feels Jota can continue his development at Parkhead and get regular football with the Old Firm outfit. Having seen his chances dwindle at parent club Benfica, Jota could do with competitive minutes on the field, and it looks like he will be a key figure in Postecoglou’s attack going forward. With reports suggesting Jota, who was previously linked with a move to Real Madrid, could be available for possibly less than £6 million, the winger could be a real bargain for Celtic.

Jota and Furuhashi Will Have Defenders Worried

It’s a new-look attack at Parkhead this season, following the departure of Odsonne Edouard to Crystal Palace over the summer. Japan international Kyogo Furuhashi has been grabbing plenty of the headlines after hitting the ground running in Glasgow following a move from Vissel Kobe. With four goals in his first five league appearances for the Hoops, the 26-year-old has made an instant impact at the start of his four-year deal at the club.

Both Furuhashi and Jota got on the scoresheet against Aberdeen and it looks like the pair will be a real goalscoring threat for the remainder of the season. With pace and technical ability, the duo are bound to cause defenders problems, and should they go on a goalscoring run, then Celtic will be expected to quickly start climbing up the Premiership standings.